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Children to pick out Mother's Day items at Gift for Mom

April 26, 2017
By GABRIELA HARDAN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Destiny Diaper Bank is taking registrations for its first-ever Gift for Mom event.

The event will take place on May 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lee County Sheriff's Office East District substation in the community center. Up to 250 children ages 5 to 11 will have a chance to come in - without their mother - and choose a gift for Mother's Day. Preregistration is required to attend.

Rebecca Hines, who founded Destiny Diaper Bank 10 years ago, explained that the preregistration enables organizers to know that they have enough gifts to provide to the participating children.

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Rebecca Hines

"You know, moms do a lot and they really need that day of saying, 'You know, thanks mom for all that you do.' That's one of the main reasons why I'm doing this," she said. "It's also an opportunity for children that wouldn't have had a chance to get a gift for their mom to get one."

For the event, organizers have a variety of gifts for the children to pick from, including jewelry, candles, body scrubs, lotions, handbags and baskets that contain hand scrubs and other little items.

All the gifts will be put into bags with ribbons so they look nice for the mothers.

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Participants must be a resident of Lehigh Acres and be able to show proof with a non-expired photo identification. They must also be able to provide a birth certificate showing that the child is theirs.

"We want the kids to choose what gifts they want for their mom so this way, on Mother's Day, it's something that they chose and they got to give to their mom," Hines said. "I feel it's important for the kids to be able to think about their moms and be able to give them something."

Next year, Destiny Diaper Bank would like to expand the event and host a Mother's Day luncheon for the mothers with entertainment, while the children are hidden away picking gifts and making cards.

Hines said she wants to see how this year's event goes, then she will plan from there.

On May 11, Destiny Diaper Bank will visit G. Weaver Hipps Elementary School and bring approximately 175 gifts for the students to pick through for their mothers. She noted that it gives them the opportunity to go home with a nicely wrapped gift for mothers to open on Mother's Day.

Hines runs the non-profit organization with her husband, Jack. Its mission is to raise awareness in the community about diaper deprivation and the need for incontinent supplies for babies and seniors.

Destiny Diaper Bank serves the local community, including low-income working or student mothers who are in need of diapers. It also serves active U.S. military and veterans, first responders and others.

Hines said the organization has given over 3 million diapers to the community.

Destiny Diaper Bank relies solely on donations from the community to remain operational.

To pre-register for Gift for Mom, contact the office at 239-288-6209.

The LCSO East District substation is at 1301 Homestead Road.



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